Category: News

Aloha spirit accompanies medical evacuees: Student’s Mayday Kits close to his heart


High school student Chaden Shimaoka-Bello learned about meeting deadlines, reaching out for help from the community and staying organized. But the aloha spirit he included in each care package created for his Kamehameha Schools Hawaii senior legacy project flowed from empathy rather than obligation. “Just… Continue reading

“Be a Lifesaver Hawaii” campaign aims to improve cardiac arrest survival rates

Over the last two years, Hawaii Island’s survival rate for people experiencing cardiac arrest in front of bystanders went from 4 percent to 6.8 percent.

The jump appears to be the result of efforts by the Hawaii Fire Department to train people in important life-saving techniques including performing chest compressions and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), according to Chris Honda, captain of the department’s Emergency Medical Services Bureau.

The Hilo Medical Center Foundation, in conjunction with partners including the fire department, the County of Hawaii, Hilo Medical Center, KTA Super Stores, the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, and more, will officially kick off on Feb. 24 the “Be a Lifesaver Hawaii” campaign. Continue reading

HMCF Fundraiser for Obstetrics and Pediatric Renovations


For the little ones; Hilo hospital to improve obstetrics and pediatric units As the number of newborns on Hawaii Island continues to grow, Hilo Medical Center is looking to spruce up its obstetrics and pediatric units with a new look and new equipment. The Hilo… Continue reading

Rotary Club Awards Hilo Medical Center Foundation


The Rotary Club of Hilo’s annual Brewfest in June was a roaring success, enabling the club to donate $13,200 each to two local nonprofit recipients in addition to adding to the club’s own foundation that helps local organizations. At a recent Rotary Club meeting, Robin… Continue reading

“New Transport Van for Hilo Medical Center Patients”

The Hilo Medical Center Foundation hands over the keys of a brand new 14 passenger ADA compliant van to HMC.

Hilo, Hawaii August 4, 2014…Patients at Hilo Medical Center will enjoy a ride in the new handy lift van that will transport them to dental, ophthalmologist, and other special appointments around Hilo. Hilo Medical Center Foundation president Julie Tulang presented the keys to the new… Continue reading

Welcome! First Residents of Primary Care Training Program

The Hilo Medical Center Foundation and Hilo Medical Center welcome first residents of Hawaii Health System Corporation Primary Care Training Program!  Pictured from left to right:  Hamed Ahmadinia, MD, HMCF Executive Director Lori Rogers, HMCF Trustee Representative Clifton Tsuji and Ka’ohimanu Akiona, MD.

The Hilo Medical Center Foundation and Hilo Medical Center welcome first residents of Hawaii Health System Corporation Primary Care Training Program! Family Medicine Residents Hamed Ahmadinia, MD and Ka’ohimanu Akiona, MD were welcomed with a reception on June 27th at the Hospital’s River Cottage. Hilo… Continue reading

Urgent: Write to Your Delegates for Support

Dear Community Members, We need you to email or write a letter to the Delegates listed below by sharing any personal story related to the need for a primary doctor for your family, friends, or employees. Please voice your support for full funding of $2.8 million for the… Continue reading

Hilo Medical Center Foundation Supports the Hilo Medical Center Success on Three -Year Accredited by the Joint Commission


Hilo Medical Center Hospital (HMC) has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The 3-year accreditation award recognizes HMC’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s… Continue reading

Talk Story Session with Sen. Brian Schatz on Rural Healthcare and Physician Shortage

From Left to Right: Five prospective physicians for Residency Training Program, Dr. Kristine McCoy-Director of the Hawaii Island Family Medicine Residency Program, Howard Ainsley-Chief Executive Officer of the Hilo Medical Center Hospital, Brian Schatz-United States Senator, and Lori Rogers-Executive Director of the Hilo Medical Center Foundation.

On January 24, Hilo Medical Center hosted a talk story session for Senator Brian Schatz to receive input from healthcare providers in East Hawaii about rural healthcare and physician shortage. Chief Executive Officer of the Hilo Medical Center Hospital, Howard Ainsley and Director of the… Continue reading

BOH Monty Richards Community Award Received

Photo from Left to Right: Barry Taniguchi, owner KTA Super Stores, Lori Rogers, Executive Director-Hilo Medical Center Foundation, Art Taniguchi, Senior Vice President-Bank of Hawaii, Julie Tulang, President-Hilo Medical Center Foundation, Roberta Chu, Senior Vice President and Island Manager-Bank of Hawaii, Mr. Monty Richards benefactor of the Bank of Hawaii Monty Richards Hawaii Island Community Award, and Donna Tanoue, Vice Chairman/Managing Committee-Bank of Hawaii

Medical Center Foundation (HMCF) President, Julie Tulang and Lori Rogers, Executive Director had the privilege of representing the HMCF and Adopt-a-room Project on Sept. 12 at Kahua Ranch for the BOH Monty Richards Community Award. Thank you to our wonderful Board member Mrs. June Kunimoto,… Continue reading